Kalispell airport suing over tower closure

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2013 at 8:09 am •  Published: April 4, 2013
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The organization that owns and operates Glacier Park International Airport near Kalispell is asking a federal court to reverse a Federal Aviation Administration decision to close the airport's air traffic control tower due to federal budget cuts.

The Flathead Municipal Airport Authority filed the lawsuit with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last Friday, asking the court to review the FAA's decision to withdraw the funding necessary to operate the control tower. The FAA decided to close air traffic control towers at 149 small and midsize airports in response to congressionally mandated budget cuts, including a $637 million cut for the FAA.

Glacier Park International's tower is scheduled to close May 5.

The airport authority is asking the FAA to postpone closing the tower until the court can review the decision.